Playing out to a 0-0 draw on Friday, both Osasuna and Real Valladolid did nothing to clear up what has become a murky relegation race in La Liga.
The smart money before the match was certainly on a bore draw. According to Opta, Osasuna have now drawn with Valladolid 10 times, their second-highest total against any other Spanish club:
Neither side could create much in the attack, with each registering a single shot on target. The closest either club came to scoring was Alvaro Cejudo's shot that hit the crossbar in the ninth minute. A few inches lower, and Osasuna's up 1-0 and possibly takes all three points.
Sometimes that's how slim the margins can be between staying up and going down.
Here's a look at the seven clubs mired the most in this year's relegation fight:
Both clubs entered and will leave the day outside of the relegation zone, but their position remains perilous.
At 32 points, Valladolid are one point ahead of 18th-place Getafe and two points ahead of 19th-place Almeria. Osasuna are on 34 points.
The one certainty of the relegation race is that Real Betis are headed down to the Segunda Division. They need to make up nine points in six matches, and given their larger body of work, that seems impossible.
That leaves a battle for 18th and 19th that nobody wants to win. Osasuna and Valladolid's draw has opened the door for both Getafe and Almeria, but the chances that they can capitalize upon their opportunities look slim.
Almeria head to the Santiago Bernabeu for a date with Real Madrid on Saturday, while Getafe welcome in Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Both Madrid clubs had European fixtures in midweek, which could mean their biggest stars are a bit tired and riding the high of advancing to the semifinals.
Making things a little tougher for Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will be out, manager Carlo Ancelotti announced:
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Diego Costa is also dealing with a thigh injury that kept him out of Atletico's 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League. Manager Diego Simeone might not risk his prized striker against a club fighting relegation.
Despite each missing a key player, both Madrid clubs shouldn't have much trouble. Ancelotti and Simeone will look to the next man up.
Any chance of either having any sort of hangover appears scant, given the importance of every point for first-place Atletico and third-place Madrid.
As a result, the bottom of the table will likely look exactly the same by the end of the weekend, with Getafe, Almeria and Betis still in the drop zone.
With their match ending in a draw, both Osasuna and Valladolid risked losing valuable points and getting overtaken in the relegation scrap. But if there was ever a weekend to drop points, this would be it.
Note: All stats are courtesy of WhoScored.com, unless otherwise noted.
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